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Lightning starts fire at Venezuela refinery

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an oil refinery in Puerto La Cruz on August 11. Lightning set fire to a storage tank at Venezuela's Puerto La Cruz oil refinery on Sunday, the president said, and residents were moved out of the immediate area while local media showed images of thick black smoke rising from the facility. Thunderstorms this weekend have drenched much of the South American OPEC nation, which has suffered repeated accidents at its oil refineries in recent years. Lightning bolts ignited two storage tanks at a different refinery just last year. Stringer / Reuters
A massive fire blazes from an oil tank in the government oil company PDVSA in Puerto La Cruz, on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela on August 11. PDVSA informed that the fire is now under control but residents surrounding the plant were evacuated. Officials say a storage tank was struck by lightning which started the fire. Carlos Landaeta / EPA
A general view of the Venezuelan city Puerto La Cruz shows the smoke caused by a fire in the government oil company PDVSA in Venezuela on August 11. PDVSA informed that the fire is now under control, residents surrounding the plant were evacuated. Officials say a storage tank was struck by lightning which started the fire. EPA

Nobody was hurt in this fire, according to Reuters, unlike another refinery fire in Venezuela last year.